Q: I am a 25-year-old commerce graduate and hold a PGDM from All India Management Association with specialisation in finance. I have been working with a reputed insurance company as a business development executive for a year now but I donít want to stay in this profession for too long. What can I do in order to better my prospects?
A: Insurance is an upcoming industry and offers a lot of opportunities. I am unable to understand why you want to opt out of it. In case you are looking for a change, you can think about working in financial institutions or in the finance department of any industry.
Q: I did a postgraduate diploma in business administration (PGDBA) with specialisation in HR from Symbiosis through correspondence and appeared for my final semester in February. I also have one and a half years of work experience as a recruitment consultant in a consultancy firm. However, I am keen on becoming a soft skills / behavioural trainer. Could you suggest some courses and name a few organisations where I could learn to conduct training programmes?
A:To become a soft skills trainer, you would need practice. For that you have to conduct real training programmes. If you get associated with any organisation, you would get the opportunity after a certain point of time, but not immediately. If you want to take up further studies on the subject, you can do courses from several institutions such as ISTD and ISABS.
Q: I am pursuing my masters in English through correspondence from a UGC recognised university. I have also been working as an executive recruiter in a consultancy firm for a month. I am eager to shift to HR. However, I donít want to spend two years on a degree course but I am keen on a one-year diploma instead. Would my present experience count in future?
A: If you want to pursue a career in HR, you need to do a full-time MBA course. Otherwise, you could opt for a distance learning course along with your present job. If you search the Net or scan the newspapers you would come across several institutes offering these courses for example UGC, IGNOU and ICFAI. Your present experience as a recruiter would count if you opt for a job in the recruitment section of an organisation.
Q: I graduated with honours in commerce from Burdwan University. I have five years of experience of working as a shop manager (retail sales) on the floor of a small retail firm. I also pursued a one-year diploma course in web-centric curriculum from NIIT. Then I did a one-year postgraduate diploma in retail management from NIBM through correspondence. A couple of months ago, I also completed SAP (SD) from Futuresoft ManManagement. I am interested in SAP and want to get into this field. Please advise whether an MBA degree is a must for it.
Subhasis Roy, Burdwan
A: An MBA degree is not necessary to become a SAP professional. You only need to be a SAP certified consultant. If you like to get into the process mapping side of SAP or any other ERP, then an MBA degree would be of help. From your question I could see that you have done a lot of things one after the other. I hope you have taken a long hard look at your capabilities and interests and chosen the right career path. If not, please do so before jumping into another profession.
Q: I am a 22-year-old commerce graduate. I have got around five years of experience in retail. I work for a Spanish retail company as a customer service executive. I would like to know whether it would be wise for me to give up my job and go for a full-time MBA.
Wasim Ahmed, Howrah
A: Doing a full-time MBA from a reputed institute would be definitely beneficial for you. If you can do an MBA from a reputed institute, your two-year gap will not be an issue with your prospective employers.
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